longer than it is scary
Oh my GOODNESS, this book is long.
I mean, I knew it was long. And I've read long books before -- I read The Stand in high school, and all of Les Misérables in one week during an exceptionally boring job. But I feel like this one took me NINE HUNDRED YEARS to get through.
Not that it's boring! It is absolutely not boring. But it's also nowhere near as scary as I expected...? It was gory, sure, but I didn't have nightmares or anything. I guess I have to continue my quest for a book scarier than The Shining (recs appreciated, ha).
The thing about the length: I honestly don't know what I would cut? At first I was a little annoyed that every.single.character. got a POV section, but everything worked together to build up the mythos of the monster and the world of Derry. There was nothing unnecessary, though I do agree with some critics that King errs on the side of overdescription. Maybe the segments could've been edited down a bit, but I can't imagine this book without any one of its chapters.
I enjoyed reading it (haha), mostly. If it weren't so long, I might've given it three stars, just because it wasn't quite what I expected... sunk cost, I guess, gave it a bonus star.
The book may not have been that scary, but one thing is for certain: I will never, ever, ever watch the movie!